I always get a bunch of emails and questions about where to eat while in Paris, so I thought I’d make it easier for both you and me by digging up a few Instagram photos and share a couple of options when it comes to having a good meal in this city that you might want to take a closer look at. This is just a handful of places (all good for different reasons). I’ll try to make this a regular little post since it’s both helpful and delicious and since new restaurants pop up every now and then. Bon appétit!
Before fashion week came about I decided to invest in a good pair of sneakers so that I had something I could run around in, without having my feet hurt, while shooting and jumping around between meetings. Smart as I am I decided to wear them without any socks for the very first time (come on, it didn’t look that pretty with ugly socks peeking out at the sides) and my feet have been seriously hurt ever since. Hopefully we’ll be better friends once I wear them with socks…
Early morning strolls, waking up in bed together with Lanvin, birthday blooms for a first birthday, the beautiful Lanvin exhibition currently going on. Picking up flowers for the shoot I did for Lanvin, my new favourite restaurant Ellsworth, more Lanvin prettiness and Ladurée x2. Blush pinks and pretty sunglasses, more beautiful blooms and a very bare Jardin des Tuileries.
How could you ever tire of this beautiful city?
Getting the opportunity to work together with brands I’ve been lusting and dreaming about for years is something worth writing down in that little diary of mine… After stopping along Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré to look at the mesmerising Lanvin display windows (if you haven’t seen them already I highly recommend making a little detour next time you’re in town) during my first four months in Paris, photographing for them feels like a something out of a dream. …And that’s pretty much of what I wanted to illustrate with the help of these photographs. But I’m not sure that laying down in the grass, dressed in the prettiest Lanvin dress, among
a small fortune flowers and with the cutest Lanvin DeRigo eyewear collection I think I’ve ever seen, can be described as anything else.
Anyone who know me also knows that I might be the most awkward person in this world once the camera is turned around on me (and I try to avoid this at all cost if I can’t have 100% control over the situation) but who can say no to a divine Lanvin dress and a pair of pastel pink heels? That’s right. You just can’t. So that’s the story about how I ended up in the grass with flowers in my hair. I’m so happy I had the loveliest team of people around me to help with creating these pictures and that we got to shoot it all in one of my favourite gardens of Paris, at the Swedish Institute. I truly hope that you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them and maybe even that they’ll inspire spring to arrive a tiny bit earlier here in Paris so that I’m finally able to strut around the city in my new Lanvin sunglasses.
This has been the first part of my work for Lanvin and I can’t wait to share more even more with you very soon so stay tuned!
The good thing about waking up before your alarm clock goes off is that you get to enjoy a pretty sunrise outside your window, my lastest purchase is this super cute little Furla bag, morning meetings at Printemps and coffee at my favourite Fondation Café. Pretty blooms, Parisian cafés, the cutest little illustration of me by the very talented Mimi Nizan and gorgeous blue doors. “L’amour est mort” (meaning “love is dead”) found in the streets of Paris, weekend brunch at Holybelly, another pastel sunrise outside my window and pretty blooms and champagne to celebrate 500,000 people following along on my Instagram adventures!
This city gives me goosebumps at times. Sometimes for good reasons (like when you see views like the one above for example) and sometimes for bad reasons (I still can’t get over that urine stench in the métro)… But it’s mostly good goosebumps.
Editing work from fashion week is slowly coming to an end and is immediately replaced by boring administration work and going through my neglected inbox (apologies to anyone who’s trying to reach me at the moment). Embarrassingly enough (shhh, don’t tell anyone!) I’ve opted for coffee dates and girly chats instead of putting my head down and getting stuff done, but sometimes you’re allowed to do that, right?
• Harper’s Bazaar lists the 17 best travel accounts to follow on Instagram, thank you for including mine.
• Moda Operandi talks to familiar faces in the fashion industry about their first time…
• I shared a couple of Paris suggestions on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram account a while back, see the whole story here.
• Taylor vs. Karlie, thanks to Vogue.com.
Towards the end of Paris Fashion Week Evangelie and I managed to get some time to shoot together (and eat crêpes, but that’s another story). By now I’m pretty sure that this girl can pull off almost anything – including an all white outfit in a city where black is everyone’s go to “colour”.
For more photos and outfit details, visit Evangelie’s blog.
Just as quickly as Paris Fashion Weeks seems to come around, it ends. I don’t mean to be one of those annoying people talking and complaining about how busy they are during this time but it really is unavoidable not to mention the word “busy” during a time like this. Although I would never complain since I basically get to live out my dream during a couple of days each year and loose a few extra pounds at the same time (since it’s practically impossible to eat while running around, jumping in and out of cabs and show venues). It’s really the most exciting time for my photography assignments and also because I get to see so many familiar faces who all come to Paris for work. To sum things up: my feet are covered in blisters but I have the biggest smile on my face once the last day of Paris Fashion Week comes around.
If you have a minute I’d love to share a few exciting projects I’ve been working on during this time (that you might have seen already if you’re around on Instagram). One of them was being able to photograph the very exciting LVMH prize showroom here in Paris for their social media channels with “international experts” like Nicolas Ghesquière, Patrick Demarchelier and Karl Lagerfeld dropping by to select the finalists who move on in the competition. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with LVMH prize (if not, you should totally read about it here before going to bed tonight) but it could (very amateurishly) be describes as a much fancier and professional version of Project Runway.
A highlight during the week was without a doubt photographing the Dior show for the brand itself. Roaming around and photographing the empty (and pink!) set, shooting VIP guests like Kanye West, Dakota Johnson and Lorde and capturing the actual runway show feels like a dream at this point. I wish all jobs and assignments could be this much fun (even though my nerves make it impossible to get any sort of sleep the night before).
Other exciting events during that week was also to meet Georgia May Jagger at the beautiful Mulberry party at Galeries Lafayette, watching Karlie Kloss strut down the Elie Saab runway, getting green with envy of the beautiful venue and new collection at the Roger Vivier presentation, photographing another special thing for Carolina Herrera and shooting a very exciting project together with the lovely Tina Leung and Elie Saab. Hopefully I can share more photos from this super fun photo shoot soon (after I’ve finished three days of editing work that is…).
Last but not least I have to share a couple of snapshots from the Louis Vuitton show, held outside the new Louis Vuitton Fondation space (a must visit for those who haven’t been yet). Before you know if I guess it will be time for yet another fashion week. I can only hope that it’ll be just as busy and fantastic as this one!